JOTF E-Newsletter

April 2008

The Job Opportunities Task Force (JOTF) is pleased to bring you the latest edition of its electronic newsletter. The JOTF E-Newsletter includes news, announcements, and information about upcoming events in the Baltimore area that we hope will be of interest to you. If your organization would like to publicize an event, job announcement, or other information, please e-mail: jessica[@]jotf.org.

In this issue:

JOTF NEWS

JOTF Session 2008 - Legislative Wrap-Up
New Report from The Working Poor Families Project Highlights State Poverty Reduction Efforts
Seven More JumpStart Grads Go to Work as Electrical Apprentices

OTHER NEWS

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service Offers Pro Bono Legal Help for Nonprofits
New NELP Website Launched in Support of Unemployment Extension
Maryland Community Services Locator

UPCOMING EVENTS

JOTF & Baltimore CASH Campaign to Host Breakfast Presentation: "Does Credit Explain Discrimination in Lending?" (05/28/2008)
Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake to Host Career Fair (05/07/2008)

Good Jobs First to Host 3rd National Conference: Reclaiming Economic Development III (05/07-05/08/2008)

OPPORTUNITIES

Bon Secours Seek Outreach and Senior Services Coordinator
Bon Secours Seek Home Improvement Coordinator
Primo Electric Company / Primenet Inc Job Opportunities (April 2008)

 

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JOTF NEWS

JOTF Session 2008 - Legislative Wrap-Up

Maryland's 2008 legislative session came to a close on Monday, April 7. The Flexible Leave Act passed just before the clock struck midnight on the final day of the session. The new law updates the definition of sick leave to reflect the reality of today's working families. Maryland employers with 15 or more employees will have to allow workers to use their paid leave for the care of a child, spouse or parent. This makes Maryland just the 9th state in the nation to enact such a policy.

A bill allowing for the expungement of certain nuisance crime convictions was also passed. This will help reduce barriers to employment for persons with criminal records.

A measure to transfer Adult Education and Literacy Services to the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation was also successful. The transfer will help establish stronger linkages between adult education and employment.

A bill to grant unemployment insurance benefits to part-time workers passed the Senate but the House Economic Matters committee was deadlocked 10-10 leaving the bill with an unfavorable report. See the Maryland Daily Record story.

Click here to view all outcomes of JOTF's 2008 public policy agenda and to read about other bills in Annapolis. Please contact Melissa Broome at 410-234-8046 with any questions.

 

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New Report from The Working Poor Families Project Highlights State Poverty Reduction Efforts

One in twelve working families lives below the official poverty line and millions more struggle to make ends meet. Some states are taking action to strengthen opportunities for family economic prosperity and security. This policy brief from The Working Poor Families Project (WPFP) examines recent state poverty initiatives and explores the tools and strategies states are pursuing to improve economic security, including establishing measurable targets for poverty reduction.

Read the latest Policy Brief,
"Securing State Commitments to Family Economic Prosperity."

 

(Document is in PDF format.)

 

JOTF has been Maryland's representative since 2006. The Working Poor Families Project is a national initiative focused on state workforce development policies involving: 1) education and skills training for adults; 2) economic development; and 3) income and work supports. The WPFP supports state nonprofit groups to engage in a two-part, phased process that begins with an in-depth assessment of the economic conditions and state policies affecting working families and is followed by actions to strengthen those conditions and policies. For more information about WPFP click here to visit their website.

 

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Seven More JumpStart Grads Go to Work as Electrical Apprentices

In the month of April, seven Jumpstart students were hired in apprenticeship level positions. Two of the students were hired by M.C. Dean, Inc., one of the nation's premier engineering and integration providers for complex electrical, electronic, and telecommunication systems. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, M.C. Dean, Inc. employs more than 2,000 professionals in offices throughout the Eastern United States, Europe and the Middle East.

Five of the students were hired through J. F. Fischer, Inc, a new partner of the Jumpstart program. It is one of the region's leading contractors supplying mechanical / general construction services to the Baltimore Metropolitan area, the entire state of Maryland as well as all surrounding states.

Jumpstart is a construction training program designed to assist residents of Baltimore to become apprentices in electrical, plumbing and carpentry. If you or someone you know is interested in entering this field or you are an employer looking for great, hard working individuals, please contact Gerald Ford 410-234-8931.

 

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OTHER NEWS

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service Offers Pro Bono Legal Help for Nonprofits

Community-based nonprofit organizations serving low- to moderate-income communities are eligible for free legal help from Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service.

If your nonprofit builds affordable housing, creates jobs and trains people for them, offers healthcare, provides drug treatment and rehabilitation, shelters the homeless, mentors youth, or provides another valuable service to a community in need, MVLS can match your nonprofit with an experienced business attorney to address your legal issue at no cost.

Volunteer attorneys help with reviewing employment manuals, negotiating leases, registering trademarks, advising on tax matters, reviewing contracts, advising on health care regulations, buying and selling real estate, and other issues.

For more information contact Jo Carol Snyder at 443-451-4064 or jocarol@mvlslaw.org.



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New NELP Website Launched in Support of Unemployment Extension

The National Emlpyoyment Law Project (NELP) has launched a new website, UnemployedWorkers.org, which provides resources needed for unemployed workers to get active in the federal campaign to extend jobless benefits. It includes worker stories, resources for unemployed workers to access available benefits, and updates on the latest developments in Congress to move the extension.

Circulate this newly launched website throughout your state and local community to help constituents interested in engaging in the campaign and to involve other organizations that can post a link to their websites to help spread the word. The launch of the website was recently featured in a posting on the front page of the AFL-CIO's website, broadly publicizing the website and the campaign to the AFL-CIO affiliated unions and three million workers who are members of Working America.

 

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Maryland Community Services Locator

The Maryland Community Services Locator (MDCSL) is a new website created to help Maryland service providers and the general public more easily access local programs and resources. This website provides resource listings for a variety of services, including maps and directions to program sites. The current website includes listings of substance abuse treatment services, Alcoholics Anonymous meeting lists, Narcotics Anonymous meeting lists, Buprenorphine certified physicians, short-term housing services, health services, HIV/AIDS resources, job readiness resources, mental health services, parole and probation offices, public schools, and victim services, searchable by proximity to a given address.

In the future, the MDCSL’s listings will be expanded to include other community services, including family assistance programs, emergency food providers, legal assistance and more!

Visit the MDCSL beta website at: http://www.mdcsl.org.

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

JOTF & Baltimore CASH Campaign to Host Breakfast Presentation: "Does Credit Explain Discrimination in Lending?" (05/28/2008)

DOES CREDIT EXPLAIN DISCRIMINATION IN LENDING?
NEW DATA FOR BALTIMORE

Wednesday, May 28, 2008
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

NeighborWorks America
400 E Pratt Street, Suite 606
Baltimore, MD

Come and hear national researcher and expert, Dr. Chris Herbert, present on new Baltimore research about credit scores, high-cost loans, and discrimination in lending. This research was completed as part of a national 13-city study through the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

A variety of research using data reported by lenders under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) has found that minority neighborhoods have much higher shares of subprime or high cost mortgage loans than comparable white neighborhoods. However, since the HMDA data do not include information on the credit risk of borrowers, it was an open question about how much of the observed differences in lending patterns by neighborhood race/ethnicity could be explained by differences in the credit profile of these neighborhoods.

The availability of data from Experian for 13 cities (including Baltimore) where the Casey Foundation has been working with community-organizations provided an opportunity to assess racial/ethnic disparities in mortgage lending in the neighborhoods targeted by these partnerships while controlling for credit scores. The purpose of this analysis is to identify the extent to which the neighborhoods targeted by the Casey Foundation for assistance have been subject to excessive shares of high cost loans and to identify lenders that could be encouraged to increase the flow of lower cost mortgage credit in these areas.

 

There is no charge for this event. Light breakfast available.
Space will be limited. Please remember to reserve your seat.
This event is sponsored by the Open Society Institute - Baltimore

Please RSVP to Jessica Traskey at (410) 234-8040.

 

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Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake to Host Career Fair (05/07/2008)

Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake is to hold a Career Fair on Wednesday, May 7, 2008, from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. at 222 East Redwood Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.

For more information, or to volunteer for the event, please contact Deb Drescher on (410) 837-1800 ext. 143.

 

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Good Jobs First to Host 3rd National Conference: Reclaiming Economic Development III (05/07-05/08/2008)

Good Jobs First is to hold their third national conference on Wednesday, May 7 and Thursday, May 8, 2008, at The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute, Linthicum Heights, Maryland.

The five workshop tracks include:

Registration is now open for the conference which begins at 9.00 a.m. Wednesday the 7th and ends at 5.00 p.m. on Thursday the 8th. There will be an evening reception on Wednesday, May 7th.

For more information contact mlee@goodjobsfirst.org or (202) 232-1616 ext. 210.

 

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OPPORTUNITIES

Bon Secours Seek Outreach and Senior Services Coordinator

The Bon Secours of Maryland Foundation, an affiliate of Bon Secours Baltimore Health System, works in partnership with the Operation ReachOut SouthWest (OROSW) coalition. Our goal is to develop enduring community partnerships that are marked by mutual collaboration, a comprehensive approach to community development and the ability to leverage financial and programmatic resources for the community. Our programs are focused on Housing, Neighborhood Revitalization, Philanthropy, and Working Families initiatives to promote economic self-sufficiency.

The Outreach and Senior Services Coordinator (OSSC) works to enhance the lives of seniors residing in two communities in Southwest Baltimore. The OSSC will coordinate outreach and services as part of a pilot program aimed at allowing seniors to “age in place.” The OSSC provides residents in those neighborhoods with information about, promotes access to, and monitors the provision of local services and resources that can assist residents in maintaining or improving their quality of life as they age. The OSSC works in conjunction with the pilot project partners: Bon Secours Hospital, the Southwest Senior Center and Operation ReachOut SouthWest (OROSW). The OSSC will also work collaboratively with the Bon Secours Service Coordinator who works in Bon Secours’ five residential rental properties for seniors and people with disabilities.

Click here for full job description.

 

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Bon Secours Seek Home Improvement Coordinator

The Bon Secours of Maryland Foundation, an affiliate of Bon Secours Baltimore Health System, works in partnership with the Operation ReachOut SouthWest (OROSW) coalition. Our goal is to develop enduring community partnerships that are marked by mutual collaboration, a comprehensive approach to community development and the ability to leverage financial and programmatic resources for the community. Our programs are focused on Housing, Neighborhood Revitalization, Philanthropy, and Working Families initiatives to promote economic self-sufficiency.

The position will coordinate efforts to preserve owner-occupied housing in southwest Baltimore. Efforts and activities include coordinating home improvement and energy efficiency workshops and implementing, coordinating and monitoring a home improvement grant program. The position will provide residents with information about programs that residents can access to improve physical appearance or internal systems of homes. The position will work in conjunction with a team to include a Resident Services Coordinator and staff from partner organizations.

Click here for full job description.

 

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Primo Electric Company / Primenet Inc Job Opportunities (March 2008)

Since their founding more than 40 years ago, Primo Electric Company has promoted an environment where people take pride in their work. As a result, Primo employees enjoy challenging careers, valuable educational opportunities and a competitive wage and benefit package. All in a workplace that emphasizes teamwork, safety, commitment and mutual respect. Whether seeking an apprenticeship, laborer, journeyman, foreman, or equipment operator position, Primo Electric offers numerous career opportunities.

PrimeNet Inc specializes in helping clients define, optimize, and manage their voice, data, video, and security communication systems. At PrimeNet, pride is more than just a feeling; its a concrete attitude and philosophy that influences every aspect of their business. As a result, employees enjoy challenging careers, valuable educational opportunities (Including onsite BICSI® certification) and a competitive wage and benefits package. All in a workplace that emphasizes teamwork, safety, commitment and mutual respect.

Click here to view Primo Electric Company and Primenet Inc job opportunities as of April 23, 2008.

 

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Newsletter Editor: Jessica Traskey
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